Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Monday, December 18, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
It was safe to say that the Cal-Mum Girls Basketball team lost more than a little to graduation this past offseason. Their leading scorer, their second-leading scorer, and their third-leading scorer from a season ago – all gone as seniors this past June.
Taking over the reigns from the Raiders departing core were several faces which served in minor roles throughout 2016, and with that being said, it was not easy to clearly determine Cal-Mum’s 2017 forecast.
However, putting the question marks behind them, the Raiders have worked their way to a 4-0 record to begin this year’s slate – including a 51-30 victory over Eden of Section VI this past Saturday night.
Propelling Cal-Mum to the win over the weekend was a trio which has paced their team’s early success this season. Elyse Van Auken, Makenzie Wilson, and Danielle Molisani all performed in much-lesser capacities in ’16, but since taking over the spotlight, all three have been pleasant surprises for the Raiders. Averaging 16, 15, and 9 points respectively throughout their first four games, Van Auken (15 points, 10 rebounds), Wilson (14 points, 10 rebounds), and Molisani (11 points, 7 assists, 7 steals) all scored near their average against Eden on Saturday night while putting forth great overall performances.
“Danielle was really able to cause a lot of trouble on the defensive end for us,” said C-M head coach Mike Reed following the win. “Once we started getting stops and getting some run outs, we were able to capitalize on some easy looks at the basket.”
In the second half, it was the other two parts of the C-M scoring trio who stepped into the forefront.
“Elyse and Makenzie both stepped it up in the third quarter, and were able to get in good positions to score,” he finished.
With the win over Eden, Cal-Mum improved to 4-0 and looks ahead to a league matchup with rival Le Roy on Wednesday night.
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